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Today's News

  • ‘Inferno’ helps reader learn from the past

    If ignored, history will turn to dust. Its lessons will fade and smudge. While it is easy to shrug off the past and merely allow it to turn to ash, but that could be a mistake. Looking to the past can reveal answers to current and future questions.  

    For instance, Tom Ribe, author of “Inferno by Committee,” took an in depth look at the Cerro Grande Fire and discovered a lot of lessons within the fire’s ashes.

  • LAHS athletics: SB 1 passed to shed light on seriousness of concussions

    While concussions, even minor ones, can be serious, it has been only recently that some sports programs and athletes have begun to take them seriously.

    Starting this year, however, coaches, administrators and athletic trainers at the high school level are going to be required to take them more seriously.

    Gov. Bill Richardson recently signed Senate Bill 1, which prescribes the protocols regarding brain injury resulting from school athletic activity.

  • Golf: Jet wins qualifying tourney

    Local standout youth golfer Austin Jet had another big showing recently.

    Jet, 7, qualified for the US Kids Golf World Championships, which will be held in Pinehurst, N.C., in the first week of August. Jet, who lives in White Rock, won a qualifying event earlier this month to grab a spot in the world championship tournament.

    This is the second straight year Jet will travel to the world championships. After his 2009 appearance, Gov. Bill Richardson proclaimed Aug. 8 “Austin Jet Day” in New Mexico.

  • You’re never too old to party

    URS invites everyone, even wallflowers to the first annual “Senior Prom.” The idea of it being the first annual event is only slightly true in that it actually took place more than a dozen years ago.

    Community member, Lil Ortega worked with a high school group of students, to do the same way back when.

    Assets in Action and the Friends of the Senior Center have banded together to offer the summer activity, “Sea of Love,” for folks of all ages whether they like to dance or just want to watch.

  • Jubilant celebration turns rowdy in areas of LA

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jubilant celebration over the Los Angeles Lakers' dramatic win in the NBA championship turned rowdy in scattered sections of the city, with raucous revelers hurling rocks and bottles at officers, setting fires and jumping on vehicles.

  • Running: Witherell is a dual winner at pace race

    Deidre Witherell had the best predicted finish among several good predictions at this week’s pace race.

    The pace race was held Tuesday in Bayo Canyon, a figure-8 course with 32 athletes taking part in the 1- and 3-mile races.

    In all, 10 participants had actual finish times that were within 30 seconds of their predicted finish times.

    Witherell, running on the 3-mile course Tuesday, was only two seconds off her predicted time. Not only that, Witherell was also the fastest female finisher on the course with her time of 23:32.

  • KRSN named station of the year

    Despite its statewide win of top station in its category and a trove of other excellence in broadcasting awards received Saturday, KRSN AM 1490 intends to shut down soon after this month’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting if denied its request to erect an antenna in the townsite.

    Owners Dave and Gillian Sutton have struggled with the antenna issue since purchasing KRSN in 2005. FCC requirements call for the station to maintain an antenna in its assigned broadcast area on the Hill rather than in White Rock where it currently stands.

  • Column on retail missed the mark

    The Monitor’s practice of giving space to Richard Hannemann’s critical harangues is tiresome but would be much more tolerable if it did not support publication of misinformation and mischaracterization of the positions and activities of others in the community. I want to point out that I am a recent victim. The aims and activities attributed by Hannemann to me and LACDC in his recent article on the editorial page are not mine.

  • 99 cents makes common cents

    Back in the late 1800s, some marketing genius discovered that glass wasn’t the only transparent thing made by man. He noticed that the number nine was also transparent, in fact virtually invisible, and hence was born the trailing invisible nines. I’m talking about the ubiquitous nines thrown at us in one of the most nefarious pricing strategies ever conceived.

    A gallon of milk costs $2.99.  A roasted chicken costs $5.99. A pound of Vermont apple smoked bacon runs $12.99.  Ah ha, you didn’t even see those nines, did you?

  • Golf: Woods struggles while McDowell soars at US Open

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — On another frustrating day at Pebble Beach, Tiger Woods fought with his swing as much as the greens. Graeme McDowell, on the other hand, had that all figured out and gave Woods a distant target to shoot at for the weekend.

    McDowell made six birdies on the way to a 3-under-par 68 Friday to enter the weekend at 3 under. That was two shots ahead of Dustin Johnson, 18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa and Ernie Els, who also shot 68 to position himself for a run at his third U.S. Open title.